1ST BIRTHDAY

DOMINIQUE - posted on 03/07/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I HAVE BEEN HAVING A HARD TIME TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE OR WHAT I WANT TO DO FOR HIS 1ST BIRTHDAY. I KINDA WANTED TO GO TO A PARK OR JUST STAY AT HOME OR MAYBE SOME TYPE OF PARTY PLACE, BUT IM TRYING TO STAY ON BUDGET WHILE DOING SO. SO IF ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS PLEASE LET ME KNOW. IT'S ALMOST TIME TO START SENDING OUT THE INVITATIONS!!! :-)

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Brittany - posted on 03/14/2010

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honestly, the first birthday is more for the adults that attend than for your little one! :) some suggestions as to where to do it: best bet would be to do it at your house if possible, so it doesn't stress him out anymore than he will be when company is coming over! you could do it at the park too, like under a pavillion, because most babies love being outside. i'm having my son's birthday party at my parents' house because they have a nice big backyard, we're just doing a simple BBQ, burgers hotdogs and cake, etc. as far as decorations, DOLLAR STORE! they carry basic things like plates, cups, plastic ware, napkins, etc. some even have decorations like streamers, banners, and party favors. if you want to do a theme, just get a few little inexpensive things to make the theme from a party store. go through any old decorations you may have lying around as well (i have a ton of luau party decorations and items so i'm doing a luau theme for his party, saves me money that can go towards his gifts!). or ask family members or friends if they have anything they're not using :)

i don't know if you have a publix (grocery store) near you, but they do a deal where if you buy a regular sheet cake, they give you a small cake just for baby to destroy, basically ;) which is pretty nice, their cake is really good and a good price!

like i said, he won't remember anything about his first birthday party, so you don't have to go all out! it really is just a reason for your close friends and family to get together, and for your little one to get gifts! :) keep in mind that you want to plan the party to go around his schedule, ie around naptime & feeding, etc. i think a good time to do it is after his afternoon nap, so say he usually naps from 1-3pm, maybe have everyone come around 4, so he has a chance to wake up and will be the least cranky after being well-rested. try not to make it too too long either; maybe 2-3 hours tops. if you don't like the idea of a BBQ, a friend of mine invited me to her son's 1st bday and they just ordered a big "party" pizza. not sure if you have a pizza place around you that does that, but you could just get a couple large pies. just keep it simple and not too chaotic, just a laid back day to celebrate your little one's first birthday! :) congrats and have fun!

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Latorya - posted on 03/15/2010

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Help i dont know what kind of food to have for the babies i like the idea of burgers and hotdogs with chips i know the cake and ice cream and the juices

Anita - posted on 03/14/2010

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My baby girls birthday is on Easter. Makes it fun but also tiresome. We are celebrating Easter in the morning and having her party around 4 to 5:30. Elmo is coming for a visit. She loves Elmo so I got the 8count party Elmos first birthday delux from birthdayexpress.com Also found someone who made invitations from sesame street on ebay for a dollar a piece. Only inviting family (who all live in different states) and a couple little ones we know from around here. Making an Elmo cake (made from a mini stand up bear mold) for her smash cake and a bigger version with Elmo and cookie monster for the rest of us. Should be fun. I know she won't remember but I will have the joy of taking pictures and telling her about.

Francesca - posted on 03/14/2010

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My daughter's first birthday is next month & I have booked a baby sensory party. After the baby sensory party I'm providing snacks for the mums & babies, just a selection of finger foods. I've also made up party bags containing of a colour changing duck for the bath, bubbles & a small hard board book. All of the party pieces; ie. invitations, balloons, plates, party bags & fillers. I bought from the factory shop & pound shop, so I've saved myself a small fortune.

Janice - posted on 03/13/2010

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My son's first birthday is next month... Since it's summer, we're planning to go swimming to celebrate his birthday!.

Joanna - posted on 03/11/2010

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Well I wish more people answered your post. I"m in the same situation! I don't want to spend a lot of money. We aren't going to have a lot of kids so I'm not sure if I should bother with a true theme. I don't have a guest list yet, though. I plan on doing it at my house though, especially since its more adults than children. If you have a ton of kids that will be coming, you might want to see about a place so they have a place to play. April weather is too iffy no matter what area of the country you live in! But, then that gets into spending more money. I wish I had an answer for you. I'm getting ready to post a similar question. We'll see if anybody answers me and maybe bounce ideas off each other, ok? ttyl

Starr - posted on 03/09/2010

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Our daughter's first birthday is 2 days before Easter this year. So we are going to have an Easter theme. We'll be having an easter egg hunt and an egg dying table. A bunch of pastel colored balloons and decorations. Everyone is going to wear bunny ears and we are also going to have the Easter bunny deliever a baby bunny to her. Simple foods such as fruits, veggies, and chips and also juices and adult beverages. We only plan on the party to be 2-3 hours long.

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